Norton Priory’s new museum opened in August 2016. The new museum boasts four times the number of objects than previously as well as fantastic new interactives and videos. The adjoining 12th century undercroft has been restored to its former glory after extensive conservation works and access in and around the site has been much improved including a lift to the viewing gallery for the first time. A video about the project can be viewed here. Since reopening, visitor numbers have doubled with more than 10,000 visiting in the first month. The museum also won Small Visitor Attraction of the Year in the 2016 Marketing Cheshire Awards. We are delighted with the new museum and are extraordinarily grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Halton Borough Council and the many funders, donors and supporters who have made this wonderful project possible.

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £3.9m was matched by support from Halton Borough Council, The Wellcome Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, WREN, The Granada Foundation and many private donations.